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Back in the Bathroom…

Why am I such a terrible procrastinator?! It’s been over three-months since I started this simple pine box for storing bathroom cleaning equipment yet, this is hardly the first instance in which I’ve been known to start one project and to then ignore it for many, many months (there’s still an unfinished fruit bowl in my workshop, somewhere!).

If I’m honest with myself, I really haven’t been in the mood to do any woodworking for a long time. It probably goes back to when I finished college (which I really enjoyed) two-years ago, and perhaps also the lack of reception following the two furniture exhibitions I was involved in that summer. I’m moving back to my mum’s in a couple of months (to save money, cut down on overtime hours and it’s also closer to the workshop) but, that’s only really a temporary measure until she sells up. At which point, I also expect to lose my workshop. I just cannot bear the thought of taking everything with me… Anywhere. Of course, I’ll hold on to all the hand and power tools that I can carry; it’s mostly the larger stuff that will have to go. I may just look at ‘down-sizing’ to working with power tools alone… Expect a further post on this nearer the time!

For now, I have reignited some desire within me to finish this bathroom box at least…

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Once Upon a Wall Shelf

I’ll save you from another moan about my lack of money as it certainly doesn’t have to halt your productivity, when it comes to working with wood. If it’s suitable for what you intend to make or build then, there are many options available if you’re wanting to get your hands on some ‘free’ wood. Some people prefer to break up old pallets, for example, which can be great for outdoor stuff. You might have to work a bit harder to carefully salvage what you can, de-nail it and then to clean it up a bit but, there are rewards to be gained in the long run. This time though, I’ve opted to recycle a piece of furniture I made back in the summer of 2005, when I was just beginning to discover the ‘workshop‘ that had been lurking around the back of our house for over a year…

Actually, this was the first project I completed in my own workshop (which I still occupy, to this day). How I wish I had some photos of the space back then… It really was such a contrast to today’s ‘shop… While it was dark, there was also lots of SPACE! I used to manage quite well with just a few decent power tools and a cheap and nasty table saw (no planer/thicknesser; all timber bought in as PAR). I often wonder it would be like to go back to those roots… Maybe I will, some day.

But, Power Tool Woodworking is for another post, a different day and hopefully not for another year or so just yet! Let’s get on and take a look at what I’ve been working on, now that I’m back in action…

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